15:50 uur 07-07-2021

Nieuw onderzoek door Patient Safety Movement Foundation onthult dat slechts vijfenveertig procent van de patiënten de controle over hun gezondheid heeft

IRVINE, Californië–(BUSINESS WIRE)– De COVID-19-pandemie heeft de wereld in 2020 stormenderhand veroverd en de aandacht gevestigd op de prestaties van de gezondheidszorg, de toegang en het gebruik van hulpbronnen. Helaas was de impact van zoiets monumentaals als een wereldwijde pandemie nodig om te dienen als een realiteitscheck over ons kapotte gezondheidszorgsysteem, dat werd gebouwd zonder een basis voor veiligheid, betrouwbaarheid en persoonsgerichtheid over het hele continuüm. Terwijl we streven naar een postpandemische wereld, heeft de Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF), een wereldwijde non-profitorganisatie die zich inzet voor het bereiken van nul vermijdbare patiëntschade en overlijden over de hele wereld tegen 2030, de resultaten vrijgegeven van haar “2021 Patiënt Safety Awareness Poll.” De enquête onderzocht de perceptie van het publiek van patiëntveiligheid en vermijdbare medische schade en ontdekte dat het publiek minder controle heeft over wat er met hun gezondheid gebeurt en dat er nog een lange weg te gaan is om het publiek voor te lichten over medische fouten.

New Survey by Patient Safety Movement Foundation Reveals Only Forty-Five Percent of Patients Feel in Control of Their Health

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm in 2020 and drew attention to healthcare performance, access and resource use. Unfortunately, it took the impact of something as monumental as a worldwide pandemic to serve as a reality check about our broken healthcare system, which was built without a foundation for safety, reliability and person-centeredness across the continuum. As we aim to shift into a post-pandemic world, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF), a global non-profit committed to achieving zero preventable patient harm and death across the globe by 2030, has released the results from its “2021 Patient Safety Awareness Poll.” The survey examined the publics’ perception of patient safety and preventable medical harm and found that the public feels less in control over what happens to their health and that there is still a long way to go to educate the public about medical errors.

Some key findings included:

  • Only 53.2% of individuals know what the term “medical error” means and 37% were able to correctly define it.
  • It is apparent that there is still much work to do to bring awareness to this worldwide issue, as 87.3% of the respondents had heard little or nothing about medical error or patient harm in their local area.
  • Fifty-eight percent of the public is worried about medical errors during “every visit” or “occasionally” – especially outside of high-income countries.
  • Only 45.9% of the public feels in control over what happens to their health, down 31% from 2020.
  • When asked what key areas of concern were, 50.9% were worried about out-of-pocket costs, 44% were most worried about receiving worse healthcare following the COVID-19 pandemic and 34.3% were concerned about access to quality care.
  • The public overwhelmingly supported creating more public information about this problem, with 82.4% interested in having more focus on promoting patient safety.

“We believe the public should be informed and feel confident in the care they are receiving, and these findings underscore that there is still improvement to be made,” said David B. Mayer, MD, CEO of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. “Our movement requires a collective effort to achieve patient safety across the globe and while we have made significant progress focused on educating the public about patient safety in the last year, we are committed to continuing to bring awareness to this important issue.”

The survey was conducted by ClearPath Strategies in March 2021. It consisted of 1,725 English-speaking individuals spanning six countries: Australia, India, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States. The “2021 Patient Safety Awareness Poll Results Compared to 2020 Assessment” white paper can be accessed here. An infographic summarizing the key findings can be accessed here.

About the Patient Safety Movement Foundation: Each year, more than 200,000 people die unnecessarily in U.S. hospitals, with more than three million deaths globally, as a result of unsafe care. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) is a global non-profit with a vision to eliminate preventable patient harm and death across the globe by 2030. PSMF unites patients, advocates, healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government, employers and private payers in support of this cause. From its Actionable Patient Safety Solutions and industry Open Data Pledge to its World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit and more, PSMF won’t stop fighting until it achieves zero preventable patient harm and death. For more information, please visit patientsafetymovement.org, and follow PSMF on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


Leslie Licano, Beyond Fifteen Communications, Inc.

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